Tartarus Press, UK, 2003. 1st hardcover. When beast-headed figures lurk in dark woods, strange utterances are exchanged in a Georgian drawing-room, and bizarre machines are readied in a wharfeside warehouse, only The Connoisseur can disentangle the conspiracy that is afoot. And this is just the first of ten episodes in the further career of the sleuth of the singular gathered in this second volume of his adventures. His exploits lead him from his firelit study to a disused lighthouse where lost sea-kingdoms are invoked; to a Scottish island whose Prince may not be named; to a Victorian folly and its weird instruments; and to a secret account of the first crossing of an Arctic land.
With enough extravagance of incident to please any enthusiast of mystery and fantasy, these original and unusual tales also offer moments of reflection upon the delicate shading between this world and other realms. So, whether sword-sticks or subtle visions are your preference, The Connoisseur’s case-book is sure to oblige.
"A storyteller of impressive originality, Valentine writes with discipline and a deep understanding of the uncanny. A stunning Performance." - Underworlds Magazine.
Masques and Citadels is a sewn hardback book of 212 pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands and dust-jacket. Fine in fine dj. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.